Oils are fast becoming a popular way for beauty addicts to add something a little more luxurious into their everyday skin care routine. Just a few drops can seem to instantly transform your skin but it’s hard finding an oil that suits everyday application with so many oils already out there. Today we want to look at Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules, which comes in tiny little capsules for an easy one use application.

The Claims

Elizabeth Arden’s team has created a face and neck serum which claims to instantly infuse skin with ‘youth-restoring’ ceramides. These ceramides are said to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by ‘supporting skins natural collagen’. Elizabeth Arden also claim to improve the look of the skin by restoring skin hydration, reducing roughness and dryness for noticeably younger softer skin. Some big claims that we can’t wait to investigate…

The Science behind the bottle

Ceramides 1 and 6

In between our skin cells are lipids; made up of cermaides, fatty acids and cholesterol that form a barrier which is integral to the hydration of our skin. The precise organisation of these lipids is what prevents water loss from our skin into the atmosphere (transepidermal water loss, or TEWL for short). So, it stands to reason that topical application of these ceramides can help trap water in our skin, and hydrated skin is healthy skin!

Ceramide 1 in particular has been suggested to improve barrier function of the skin, meaning that it can strengthen the skins natural barrier to enhances hydration for healthier ‘plumper’ looking skin. This is fab news for those of you that suffer from dry skin or are on the look out for a great hydrating anti-ageing product. As we age, our skin gets drier as the barrier function of our skin is not as effective so ceramides will help to restore radiance.

Ceramides’ ability to restore barrier function can also be useful for acne suffers. Research has shown that acne suffers have impaired barrier function due to lower amounts of sphingolipids (important in skin water barrier function) and treatment with ceramides has helped to improve the condition through regulation of skin hydration.

Ceramides get a massive thumbs up from The Geeks.

Vitamin A and E

Elizabeth Arden has packed a whole host of vitamins into these capsules, including two forms of vitamin A; Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Linoleate, as well as Tocopherol (vitamin E). All of these are potent antioxidants, so can scavenge free radicals that form as result of UV exposure and pollution which if left unchecked, can lead to signs of premature ageing. Retinyl Palmitate has the added bonus of anti-inflammatory properties too, so can also soothe irritated and dry skin.

Fatty Acids

Borage Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid and Oleic Acid are all fatty acids that have been included in these capsules, which like the ceramides can also aid the barrier function of the skin, to help retain that precious moisture. Linoleic acid has another trick up its sleeve, as it has antioxidant properties, so adds to the anti-ageing benefits of this product.

The Verdict

We cannot think of one bad thing to say about this product… we LOVE it! We would highly recommend for skin needing a hydration hit and for those suffering from skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. At £46.00 for 45 capsules it is a bit of a splurge but we think it’ll be money well spent.

To try this product out for yourself, click here (for the best price!)

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